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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Year In Review

Thank you for taking the time to visit and support this blog! I appreciate your comments.

Here is a list of my HOLY GRAIL Products for 2012

















Favorite Makeup Brushes
I have more e.l.f. Studio brushes than any other brand.
I do have some MAC Special Edition brushes and a 217 from their permanent line.
I plan to invest in Sonia Kashuk in 2013.

Skin Care Products
I got a deluxe sample of MURAD Resurgence Sheer Luster Day Lotion with SPF 15 from Sephora.
This had to be the best moisturizer I used in 2012. I do plan to purchase the full size of this item!
I got so many compliments on my skin when I used this product! I LOVE IT!
I neglected my Clairisonic Mia in 2012. I did however continue to use my microfiber washcloths.
I did not use my African Black Soap as much as last year. My most reached for cleanser was Philosphy's Purity Made Simple. My favorite Makeup Removing Cloths were from Neutrogena.

Face Primer
Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control Primer - Affordable, Easily Accessible
Milk of Magnesia for my oily nose.

Eyeshadow Primer
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer - Although this is expensive, it gives me all day staying power, makes colors pop and does not crease, despite my super oily lids!

Favorite Corrective Concealer
LORAC Cover Up C7. This was the solution to my dark undereye circles. It is a bit pricey but I DO plan to repurchase this!

Favorite Foundation
My favorite foundation for 2012 is Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. I wear the shade Intensity 3. Although I despise the packaging and it is rather pricey for the small amount of product,
it is the BEST match for my complexion. It has wonderful staying power. I cannot say enough good things about this product!

Favorite Eyeshadow
I wore more neutral eyeshadow looks during 2012. This was partially because I started a new job. Neutral eyeshadow is the quickest go to look for me. I also focused on building my staple neutral single eyeshadows from MAC this year. New editions to the family include FOLIE, BROWN SCRIPT, and SADDLE.
I tried to use my Wet N Wild Vanity Palette as sparingly as possible as I only have the one and it is no longer available for purchase. I added Urban Decay's NAKED 2 Palette and LORAC Pro Palette to my collection.

Favorite Eyeshadow Highlight
My most reached for eyeshadow highlights this year were Urban Decay's FOXY and L'Oreal HiP Loose Pigment in Restless.

Favorite Brow Products
I was disappointed that Maybelline decided to discontinue the Define A Brow Pencil in DARKEST BROWN. Two of my friends who live out of my state were able to snag several of these from Dollar Tree.
When we find a HOLY GRAIL product, we hate change. I hope that Maybelline reconsiders their decision.
I used MAC Studio Finish Concealers for my Brow Highlights.


Favorite Mascara
Maybelline the COLOSSAL. They had better not ever discontinue this formula.

Favorite Lipstick Finish -  Matte
I have been obsessed with matte lipsticks. My favorite brands have been
Revlon - Great pigmentation, matte, but not drying at all.
Wet N Wild Megalast - Markwins finally heard our complaints about the lack of name labelling on their lipsticks. The new Megalast Lipsticks have the name on the bottom.
Aside from Wet N Wild Megalast lipsticks, MAC got most of my money for 2012. Their having released so many limited edition lipsticks almost had me in the poor house.

Favorite Blush - NARS and La Femme top my list for the most pigmented and reached for blushes of 2012. Although I have enough blush PERIOD, I do want to purchase a couple of La Femme blushes in 2013.

Favorite Nail Products
I upgraded my organization from shoe boxes to acrylic wall organizers. This was a huge help as I can now see all of my colors at a glance instead of rifling through boxes and neglecting colors. Despite my having painted my nails less in 2012 than in 2011. I attribute the decreased manicures to not making the time to do them. Working at my job has cut in to my beauty time. I seemed to gravitate more towards Sinful Colors than any other brand this past year. I did step up my game and invest in a few China Glaze Wish List colors. My favorite finish is cream. My Favorite top coat is Seche Vite. My favorite Nail Polish Blog is
nailsbeautiqued. The Lovely Blog Author says that "Nail Polish is something every lady should have time for." During 2013 I plan to branch out into other brands such as American Apparel, essie and OPI.

Favorite Makeup Organizers.
Hands down, MUJI gets my vote for the #1 organizer of makeup products for 2012. I was OBSESSED with acquiring these acrylic drawers! I love them because I was able to customize my organization.
I have been eyeing the ediva Princess. Stay tuned for future updates.

Favorite Beauty Trend
Despite my desire to not give more of a spotlight than necessary to the Kardashian family, I will have to say that my favorite beauty trend of 2012 is the Kim Kardashian Highlight. It adds a youthful lift and light to the face.This is credited to her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic.

Favorite Hair
I would love to be able to say that my favorite hair for 2012 was MY OWN. *laughing*
However, I focused on the convenience of human hair wigs for protective styling until I am comfortable with the length of my natural hair. I was OBSESSED with short wigs during 2012. No hassle, no tangles, no glue, no tape are the reasons for this choice. My favorite wig for 2012 has to be Sensationnel FAB FRINGE.
I am on the fence about buying the same wig with highlights (Autumn). However I am dedicated to NOT purchasing more wigs for 2013. I do want to loc my hair. I have been toying with the idea of Sister Locks for about 2 years now. The cost is somewhat prohibitive. However I am still weighing my options.

Favorite Lip Gloss - Milani 3D Lipglass. This is the best dupe ever for MAC Dazzleglass.

Favorite Eyeliner - Revlon ColorStay is my liner pencil of choice. The black seems darker than
Urban Decay ZERO and is more affordable. It stays put! Wet N Wild H20 Liquid Liner was my most reached for liner as well.

Favorite Body Lotion - Korres Body Butters

Favorite Fashion Trends
Skinny Leg Pants. Prior to this year, I did not own very many pairs of pants. I love the look and feel of dresses and skirts. At my new job, I incorporated pants into my wardrobe. I found skinny legs to be my favorite cut.
Animal print will continue to be one of my favorite fashion trends.


Did you share some of my favorites for 2012?
If you are so inclined, please do share in the comments.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Enough is ENOUGH

I'm super behind on posting. I do have some great posts coming up soon.

I have to address an issue. I've been spammed like no other lately.
I hate spam. People trying to get you to ck out their blog, hawking their wares is bad.
But recently I've been getting redirect links to PORN sites. Anyone who knows me well, knows I do not go for that sort of thing. Nor would I have my readers redirected to such filth.

As a result I have had to put more features on the blog to inhibit spam. This means you will have to word verify to leave a comment. I apologize if this is a hassle or inconvenience. I look forward to your continued support. :O)

Sincerely,
1xellus1

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Brown Smokey Eyeshadow Look Inspired by MakeupByLa


I was inspired to recreate
a look similar to that of fellow beauty blogger
La of MakeupByLa


FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Anti Shine
Foundation - Chanel Perfection Lumiere 94 AMBRE
Contour - e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder SPICE
Highlight - e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder WARM TAN
Under Eye Concealer - Lorac Cover Up C7 and MAC Select Moisture Concealer NC45, MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC45 set with Coastal Scents Silica Powder mixed with MAC PRIMARY YELLOW and CHROME YELLOW Pigment
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the all Nighter


























EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
2ndary Base - Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Eyeshadow RICH MAHOGANY and POMEGRANATE PUNK
Crease - Darkest Brown from Wet N Wild VANITY Palette (MAC EMBARK dupe)
Transition - Warm Brown from e.l.f. EVERYDAY BRIGHTS palette, L'Oreal matte SUEDE BROWN, MAC SADDLE and FOLIE
Outer V - Darkest Brown from Wet N Wild VANITY Palette
Mobile Lid - Urban Decay DARK HORSE and Shimmery Dark Bronze from Wet N Wild VANITY Palette
Tearduct - Urban Decay HALF BAKED
Highlight - Lightest Matte Off White from the Wet N Wild VANITY Palette
Top Lashline Jane Mineral Eyeliner Gel BLACK
Waterline - Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner Pencil BLACK
Under Lashline - Urban Decay DARKHORSE
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACK
Lashes - Salon Perfect DEMI WHISPIES



If you do not have all of the colors I used, you could probably get away with using the Wet N Wild Vanity Palette to complete this look.

CHEEKS
Base - NYX Cream Blush GOLDEN
Set - NYX Terra Cotta (MAC COPPERTONE Dupe)



LIPS
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - Wet N Wild Mega Last Lipstick BARE IT ALL 902B
Gloss - NK TAUPE








I know it isn't for everyone, but I will rock this to the grocery store in a heartbeat. #divastatus
Do you wear smokey eyeshadow in the daytime?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wearing False Lashes!

Many women have hooded eyelids. Sometimes age is a factor. I attribute mine to my Native American heritage. As I have hooded eyelids, wearing false lashes can be pretty tricky for me.
I have learned that shorter lashes look more natural on me.
It seems as if really long ones make me look kind of drag-queenish or like I am trying way too hard.
That is not the look I am trying to achieve. I like strip lashes with the invisible band. I have also applied individual lashes in the past.


I have been on the hunt for Ardell Demi - Whispies FOREVER!
It seems as if they are always sold out at my local drugstores.
I saw a youtuber substitute the Salon Perfect Demi Whispies for the Ardells.
I knew that on my next trip to Walmart I was going to purchase these if they were in stock.


Photo Credit: salonperfect.com
















I picked up another pair of 116 lashes.


Photo Credit: salonperfect.com

These retail exclusively at Walmart for $2.98.
To find out more about these lashes, please visit  salonperfect.com.















Please enjoy this video from Muffinismylovers2012 as she demonstrates how she applies Ardell individual false lashes. This was one of the most impressive lash videos I have ever seen.


I am so excited about finding these lashes!

Do you ever wear false lashes?
Have you ever tried Salon Perfect brand?

Lips Of The Day - (LOTD) featuring MAC Viva Glam Cyndi Lipglass

I wore a BRIGHT blue based red cashmere sweater to work on this day.
I felt the lips really complimented the look without overdoing it.


Line - NK COFFEE
Fill - Darkest Red Glaze from NYX Nude on Nudes Palette
Gloss - MAC Viva Glam Cyndi

(Side note...I must say that the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation seems to knock a few years off of my age.
I worked a double on this day and the foundation lasted literally ALL DAY! I can't wait to purchase a full size of this product)


















My favorite finish in MAC lipsticks is Amplified.
Lusters just don't appeal to me. I do have one regret, however. Yes, I have Skippers Remorse!
(Thanks to yummy411 for this appropriate phrase)
Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick is something I really wish I had not skipped. My attempt to dupe it is covered by my use of the darkest red glaze in the NYX Nude on Nudes palette.
I topped that with Viva Glam Cyndi Lipglass.

Have you ever had Skipper's Remorse?

Face Of The Day (FOTD) Teal Eyeshadow with Peach Lips

I have been eager to really shop my stash and use my Maybelline Color Tattoo 24/7 Color Eyeshadows.
I was not disappointed by TENACIOUS TEAL!


Blackberry Pic
FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Anti Shine and Phillips Milk of Magnesia in Nose Only
NARS Sheer Glow MACAO
Contour - Cover Girl Bronzer EBONY
Transition - L'Oreal HiP Bronzing Powder - GLOWING
Highlight - NARS ForePlay Palette - GOLD
Setting Powder - MAC Transparent Loose Powder
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the all NIGHTER

BROWS
Above Brows - MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC50
Below Brows - Highlight MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC45








EYES
Under Eye Concealer - LORAC CoverUP C7, and MAC Select Moisture Concealer NC45 set with e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder TOFFEE
Prime - NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer
Secondary Base - Maybelline Color Tattoo 24/7 Eyeshadow TENACIOUS TEAL
Highlight - Urban Decay FOXY from the NAKED 2 Palette and H1 from Coastal Scents 88 Palette
Tearduct - L'Oreal HiP Loose Eyeshadow Pigment - RESTLESS
Crease - MAC SADDLE
Deepen Crease MAC FOLIE
Transition - L'Oreal Matte SUEDE BROWN
Outer V - Darkest Teal from NYX Aquamarine Trio
Mobile Lid - NK HD eyeshadow
Tightline/Waterline - Revlon Color Stay Pencil BLACK
Mascara - Maybelline The COLOSSAL Very BLACK

CHEEKS
L'Oreal HiP Blendable Blushing Cream - ENAMOURED
Milani Mineral Blush - SUNSET BEACH
NARS ForePlay Palette - MATTE PEACH


Blackberry Pic

LIPS
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - REVLON Matte SMOKED PEACH
Gloss - Maybelltne Wet Shine Diamonds MARQUISE PEACH



















Note to self ...If you ever see this lipgloss in Dollar Tree, buy every single one available.
Have you ever seen this lipgloss?


Lips Of The Day - Kiss NY Magenta


Blackberry Pic
 Excuse the angry woman face. Mean mugging once again!
I was on my way to work. It takes me some time to fully awaken.
I sported Kiss NY MAGENTA on this day. It is a dupe for MAC VIOLETTA, but BETTER.
It does stain the lips. I was rushing, so I forgot to bring my MAC FUNTABULOUS Dazzleglass or it's dupe Milani FASHION DIVA as a topper.
Believe it or not, the matte lips worked for me all day long.
The Kiss NY started out oily, so liner before application is a definite MUST. I wore NK Brown on this day.
I only had to touch up one time over an 8 hour shift because of the staining.
I plan to purchase more of their lipsticks.
Do you own any of the KISS NY lipsticks?
If so, which are your favorites?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Face Of The Day (FOTD) Featuring Revlon BERRY HAUTE Lipstick

Blackberry Pic
FACE
Prime- Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine
Foundation - Chanel Perfection Lumiere 13 AMBRE
Contour - e.l.f. Clarfying Pressed Powder SPICE
Transition - Milani Baked Bronzer GOLDEN*
Highlight - NARS Albatross


EYES
Primer - NARS Smudgeproof
Base - MAC Paint Pot SOFT OCHRE
Mobile Lid - Urban Decay YDK
Crease - MAC FOLIE
Deepen Outer V - NARS OUTREMER & CHINA BLUE
Transition - L'Oreal Matte SUEDE BROWN, MAC Saddle
Tightline - Wet N Wild H20 Liquid Liner BLACK
Waterline - Revlon Color Stay Pencil BLACK
Under Bottom Lashline - Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil COOL BLUE, set with NARS OUTREMER
Mascara - Maybelline The COLOSSAL BLACK




CHEEKS - NARS LOVEJOY

LIPS
Line - NYX DEEP PURPLE
Fill - Revlon BERRY HAUTE (MAC UP THE AMP dupe)
Gloss - Mona Lisa LILAC

Do you own Revlon BERRY HAUTE or MAC UP THE AMP?
Do you prefer one over the other?

*received for Review

Friday, October 19, 2012

Three e.l.f. Studio Brushes You NEED Now! - REVIEW

More often than not when there are items out of stock on the e.l.f. website, it means they are really good products. Fortunately, elf will notify you when the products are back in stock via email if you request it.
Such was the case when my curiosity was piqued about three new Studio brushes.
They retail for $3 each. This is a very affordable price point.

The shining star of the group has to be the
Flawless Concealer Brush.

Photo Credit: eyelipsface.com








The website states, "Create an airbrush effect with the Flawless Concealer Brush using any liquid or powder concealer. The unique rounded shape allows you to contour and cover areas easily. Create buildable coverage from light to heavy for a customizable look that is smooth and flawless."

Prior to purchasing this item, I had been using my MAC 224 brush to apply my concealer. The problem was, that brush is made from natural bristles. This means that it is pourous and absorbs more product. It also sheds like CRAZY.
Such is NOT the case with the elf brush. The head is larger. It is synthetic. I have not experienced any shedding. I picked up two of these babies.


Next up is the Angled Blush Brush.


Photo Credit: eyeslipsface.com








The website says, "The slanted shape of the Angled Blush Brush offers precision application for a sculpted look. The soft dense bristles contours facial features easily. Use with cream, liquid or powder blush, bronzers or highlighters for a professional result."

Prior to purchasing this, I had been using the elf Blushing, Blending and Bronzing Brush from their $1 line. It got the job done, but I had to work harder because it's bristles are not densely packed. I used that brush because my MAC 168SE is made from natural bristles. The MAC brush tends to pick up too much product. It also stains easily. The elf Studio brush is DENSE.
This is a bonus for me, because I do not have to continue to go back into the product again and again. I pack the brush & easily blend my contour lines. I still use the $1 brush only to apply and blend Bronzer for a gradient effect. I would love to buy 2 more of the studio brush!

Finally, the Small Stipple Brush is a welcome addition to my tool arsenal.


Photo Credit: eyeslipsface.com








The website says
"Use the Small Stipple Brush to create soft layers by adding texture for a natural airbrushed result. The two layers of bristles create ultimate control from sheer to heavy coverage for small and hard to reach places. Ideal with liquid, cream or powder products, foundation, concealer, and cream blush."
I purchased this to apply my highlight. It is perfect for this task! It grabs a tiny bit of product and helps to blend it with an airbrushed finish

I would love a couple more of each of the brushes.


Do you own any of these brushes?
Do you think you need to buy them?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Face Of The Day (FOTD) KissSeventySeven Inspired

I was inspired to do this look because of YouTuber/Blogger Traycee


I've been loving wearing darker lips.
Neutral eyeshadow with a pop of color is also an easy go to look for me.

FACE

Base - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control
Foundation - MAC Matchmaster 7.5
Contour - e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder SPICE
Highlight - NARS ALBATROSS
Setting Powder - MAC Transparent Powder
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the ALLNIGHTER








































EYES
Primer- NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Secondary Base - Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow BOLD GOLD
Mobile Lid - Urban Decay HALF BAKED
Crease - Urban Decay HUSTLE
Transition - MAC SADDLE
Upper Lashline - Wet N Wild H20 Liquid Liner BLACK
Underlashes - Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadow PAINTED PURPLE Set with Make Up For Ever #92
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL


CHEEKS
Base - L'Oreal HiP Blendable Blushing Cream ELATED
Set - NARS CRAZED

LIPS
Line - NK COFFEE, MAC Yung Rapunxel lipstick
Fill - Make Up For Ever #15
Gloss - NYX Mega Shine PURPLE RAIN


Are you ever inspired to do looks after having watched videos on YouTube?

Have you ever watched any of Traycee's videos?

Do you follow her blog?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Very Vampy Recreate Inspired by Glam Morena

I was inspired to recreate this fall look created by fellow Beauty Blogger Rai .

Although I did not have all of the exact colors she used,
I was able to dupe them from my stash.

















FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control
Foundation - Estee Lauder Double Wear INTENSITY 5
Highlight - e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder, WARM TAN
Contour e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder SPICE, Transitioned with L'Oreal HiP Bronzer GLOWING
Setting Powder - e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder TOFFEE
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the ALLNIGHTER





















EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Secondary Base - Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Eyeshadow POMEGRANATE PUNK
Mobile Lid - NYX RUST and NK HD e/s 3005 (MAC Cranberry Dupes)
Outer V Wet N Wild LUST Palette Matte Purple (MAC Sketch Dupe)
Deepen Outer V Wet N Wild LUST Palette Sparkly Blackend Purple
Crease - Coastal Scents 88 Palette Orange Red E9 and MAC FOLIE
Transition - MAC Saddle
Top Lashline - Wet N Wild H20 Liquid Liner BLACK
Waterline - Revlon ColorStay Autoliner BLACK
Underlashes - Wet N Wild LUST Palette Matte Purple


CHEEKS
Starry Boutique 6 Professional Blusher & Bronzer #1 Palette,
C3(Darkest Bronzer) and NARS LOVEJOY

LIPS
Line - NYX CHESTNUT, NYX PURPLE RAIN
Fill - MAC YUNG RAPUNXEL
Gloss - Mona Lisa Super Shine #42 LILAC





Have you ever watched any of Rai's videos?
Do you follow her blog?

Feeling Copper - Face Of The Day (FOTD)

Blackberry Pic
Although I have really been enjoying wearing bold dark lips, I felt like playing around with my copper lippies! I went for a monochromatic look.
I'm making a more concious effort to not present the mean mug/blank stare. I'm not a model. Beauty bloggers know you have to take a bijillion pics to get the perfect one. Over time you get to know your best angles. Light is critical.

Off Topic
I will probably be upgrading to an android phone next year, albeit reluctantly. As soon as I get to know one phone, I upgrade when hubby does. One advantage of that would be the ability to do Instagram.







FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control
Foundation - NARS Sheer Glow MACAO
Contour - e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder SPICE, Transitioned with L'Oreal HiP Bronzer in GLOWING
Highlight - NARS ALBATROSS
Setting Powder - MAC Transparent Powder
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the ALLNIGHTER


BROWS
Line/Fill - NYX Auto Liner DARK BROWN
Set - L'Oreal HiP Eyeshadow Duo ROARING Taupe side only


It can be so tricky to get the focus right on Blackberry











EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Secondary Base - Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow 24 Hour FIERCE & TANGY
Mobile Lid - NARS CALIFORNIA
Crease - MAC FOLIE
Outer V - NARS GALAPAGOS
Highlight/Tearduct - L'Oreal HiP Loose Eyeshadow RESTLESS
Upper Lashline - Wet N Wild H20 Liquid Liner BLACK
Waterline - Revlon Color Stay BLACK
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACKEST BLACK
Under Eye Concealer - LORAC Coverup C7 & MAC Select Moisture Concealer NC45 Set with MAC Powder WARM LIGHT

CHEEKS
Base - L'Oreal HiP Blendable Blushing Cream TICKLED
Set - NARS TAJ MAHAL

LIPS 
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - NK Crayon COPPER, Milani BONFIRE, NK VIBRANT ORANGE
Gloss - Tropez COPPER


Fake Smile &
Distorted Fisheye Lens Effect
via Blackberry
 Are you a Beauty Blogger?

Do you take a million pictures to capture the right one?

Do you have anyone helping you to take the pictures for your blog?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Face Of The Day (FOTD) featuring MAC Love Goddess

Blackberry Pic

Warm morning sunlight enhances this look. I snapped this pic during my morning commute. I had to open at work, following a night of closing.
I feel like a gerbil on an exercize wheel.
My eyes just don't want to open in the mornings.
Please excuse the exclusive use of Blackberry Pics. I'm working harder to document my face of the day for more frequent posts.
The photo quality is not the same as my point & shoot cameras.












FACE
Primer - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control
Foundation - Estee Lauder Double Wear INTENSITY 5
Contour - e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder SPICE, Transitioned with Miliani Baked Bronzer GOLDEN*
Highlight - NARS ALBATROSS
Set - MAC Transparent Powder
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the ALLNIGHTER

BROWS
Line - NYX Auto Liner
Fill/Set - L'Oreal HiP Eyeshadow Duo ROARING Taupe Only
Highlight - MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC45
Top Of Brows - MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC50


EYES
Primer - NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Secondary Base - MAC Paint Pot SOFT OCHRE
Mobile Lid - Wet N Wild VANITY Palette** - SOFT BROWN (MAC Texture dupe)
Crease - L'Oreal Matte SUEDE BROWN
Deepen Outer V - Wet N Wild VANITY** Palette DARKEST BROWN
Highlight - L'Oreal HiP Loose Eyeshadow RESTLESS & Coastal Scents 88 Palette H1
Tearduct - L'Oreal HiP Loose Eyeshadow RESTLESS
Upper Lashline - Wet N Wild H20 Liner BLACK
Lower Lashline - REVLON ColorStay Liner BLACK
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACKEST BLACK
Under Eye Concealer - LORAC CoverUp C7, MAC Select Moisture Concealer NC45, Set with MAC WARM LIGHT Powder

CHEEKS
Base - L'Oreal HiP Blendable Blushing Cream COQUETTE
Set - NARS CRAZED

LIPS
Line - NK BROWN, NYX CABARET
Fill - MAC LOVE GODDESS (Satin)
Gloss - MAC LOVE ALERT Dazzleglass

*sent to me for review
** gift

Blackberry Pic
I was inspired to because of a post from the lovely Erica
of www.theglamorousgleam.com . It truly is a work safe color.
As if I needed ANOTHER pink in my collection. I just had to have it!


Have you purchased this lipstick?
What are some of your favorite pink lipsticks?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lips Of The Day (LOTD) - Featuring MAC Deeply Adored Lipstick

I was pleasantly surprised by my husband yesterday. He lovingly went to Macy's to stand get my Marylin Monroe Deeply Adored lipstick.
It was sold out when released online 10/2/12. He was the first person in line.

Line - NK BROWN, NYX CURRENT
Fill - NYX CABARET
Gloss - MAC CULT OF CHERRY in center with MAC AMOROUS Dazzleglass

I was inspired by fellow beauty blogger Ummilkhair of Divalicious Designs House of DivaD as well as Tymetheinfamous of YouTube.













Apologies for the meanmug on this photo. I was starving and on my way to work. The lips were perfectly captured by the blackberry though.

Have you purchased this color?
Are you familiar with the above mentioned blog and YouTuber?

Scarf Of The Day

Blackberry Pic

I was looking at this lovely Amaryllis Red scarf on the OldNavy website for about two months. It went on sale for $12.00.
I finally gave myself permission to purchase it along with some tanks.
I love it because it is so vibrant! NYX EROS lipstick is a perfect compliment to it.
















Photo Credit: Old Navy
What do you think?
Do you wear scarves?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Face Of The Day (FOTD) Featuring Bold Purple Lip

Blackberry Pic

I'm so excited to be wearing my deeper lip colors again.
Today's look features a green smokey eye and bold purple lips.

FACE
Base - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control Primer
Foundation - NARS Sheer Glow MACAO
Contour - e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder SPICE
Blended with L'Oreal HiP Bronzing Powder BLESSED
Highlight - NARS ALBATROSS
Set MAC Transparent Powder

BROWS
Maybelline Define A BROW
Above Brows - MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC50
Highlight - MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC45








EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Secondary Base - MAC Paint Pot MOSS SCAPE
Tearduct - MAC JUXT
Transition - L'Oreal Matte SUEDE BROWN
Crease - L'Oreal HiP GUNMETAL Darkest Side Only,
Wet N Wild SNOW SPRITE Darkest Green Only
Mobile Lid - L'Oreal HiP ROARING Lightest Green Only
Highlight - L'Oreal Loose Eyeshadow GOLD METAL
Top Liner - Wet N Wild H20 Liner BLACK
Waterline - Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner BLACK
Under Lashes - L'Oreal HiP Crayon AUTHENTIC set with Darkest Green from Wet N Wild
SNOW SPRITE Palette
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACKEST BLACK
& e.l.f. Exact Lash BLACK (bottom lashes)
Under Eye Concealer - LORAC Cover Up C7 and MAC Select Moisture Cover NC45, Set with MAC Warm Light Powder


CHEEKS
Milani Mineral Blush SUNSET BEACH and NYX Powder Blush TERRA COTTA


LIPS
No Liner
Fill - Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #15
Gloss - NYX Mega Shine PURPLE RAIN



Blackberry Pic
 Do you own any Bold Deep Colors lip colors for Fall?

Which are your favorites?

Monday, September 10, 2012

MAC Yung Rapunxel Lipstick Plus a Less Expensive DUPE

I was excited to purchase this new dark lipstick from MAC Cosmetics when it launched on September 5, 2012.
When applied, this is patchy. You can build it up.
I would suggest using a lip brush. I did not use a liner for this look.


CHEEKS
Base - L'Oreal Hip Blendable Blushing Cream ELATED
Set - NARS Powder Blush CRAZED
Highlight - NARS ALBATROSS

Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics


MAC's website says:
"Coming from the 212, rap ingĂ©nue Azealia Banks collaborates with M∙A∙C on Yung Rapunxel - a limited-edition Lipstick in a deep, rich shade of plum with an amplified finish."

This is currently sold out online. MAC may replenish stock soon, like they did with the
Candy Yum-Yum lipstick in August.
















Of course, I knew I already owned a less expensive dupe. I perused the stash and voila!
NK Amethyst is a dead on dupe.
It retails for $1 US.
It can be purchased from beauty supply stores.








Filtered Sunlight No Flash





















Out of focus/with Flash




















Filteted Sunlight with Flash













Indirect Sunlight No Flash














Blackberry Pic./Diffused Sunlight












NYX Liner PRUNE, MAC Yung Rapunxel,
Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Jewels N Berries



Do you like dark lips?
Will you be rocking this trend this fall?
Have you picked up this limited edition color?
Do you own anything like it?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lips Of The Day (LOTD) featuring NARS Honolulu Honey Satin Lipstick

Everyone who regularly reads this blog knows that I love a good bargain.
It takes me sometimes a year to invest in more pricey higher end makeup products.
I usually invest in such items when I have received a free gift card or some other discount.












At $24 this was a hard pill to swallow, however,
I was in search of a complimentary
peachy nude lipstick with staying power and this seemed to fit the bill.
Yes, I waited an entire year before I bought it.
I must say it is one of my favorite nude lipsticks.

















Do you own this lipstick?
What is your favorite shade of peachy nude?

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